Hi everyone, my name is Katrina
I want to open up to you all about what I have been going through these past few months and how my life and my health has completely changed to the unthinkable.
It all started in July, I started to feel off, I got brain fog, vertigo, I got skin rashes and I started to feel sick. I suddenly started having episodes of memory loss and my first episode was when I was going for a walk and then 30min later, wondering why I was walking and where I was. Then it became more severe. A few days later, I went shopping and was paying at the till and I was talking to someone, and then ten minutes later, I couldn’t remember who I was talking to and where I was. It was in that moment when I realised my health was deteriorating and that scared me.
Then a month passed and my tolerance to certain foods extremely weakened. My mental health crashed, I got extremely hypersensitive and irritated over the smallest things, making it difficult for my family and friends. As time passed I was completely blindsided and hit with my first seizure. Then a month later in November, I was found on the floor at work completely paralysed and unable to speak. Paramedics came and thought I had a Stroke or MS, I stayed in the hospital for a week and the doctors conducted CAT and MRI scans until they gave me a quick diagnosis of Functional neurological disorder without any further assessments.
Yet my life has completely been turned upside down and now I cannot leave the house without someone’s help and my walking stick. I seem to be getting a multitude of new symptoms as the days go by. Blood in my ear, my ears aching everyday and the ringing and dizziness doesn’t go away. I struggle to write emails or read because most of the time I’m completely dissociated from life and I get frequent migraines after reading. I’ve had four episodes of severe temporary full body paralysis and slurred speech that takes a while to recover from. I’ve also had four less severe episodes that involve having my friends find me on the floor or unable to move and respond normally and having to pick me up. That would be a total of eight episodes since November. I went from being a really healthy 28 year old girl who didn’t get sick for three years (not even a cold) that runs nearly everyday to needing a walking stick/ sometimes a wheelchair and being assigned carers as well as not being able to work at all because of my illness.
I’m frightened that as time passes, the symptoms will get worse. The scary thing is, it can happen anytime even whilst I feel good with no stress in me. On “normal” days I get severe brain fog, my mind can’t process much. Conversations in itself is exhausting and I can only handle a small amount of it each day.
I just want my life or at least little of it back.
My goal with this is to get treatment from a regenerative medical clinic in America that specialises with my illness, due to the unfortunate fact that the few hospitals I’ve stayed at have been unable to provide me any method of treatment.
I appreciate every donation and I would really appreciate it if you would kindly set yourself to not be “anonymous” so I can personally reach out to offer my thanks.
thank you so much